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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.

In addition to these classic collections, you may view guidance films from the post-World War II British government, drive-in movie intermission ads, and videos documenting the history of San Francisco from 1906 to the early 21st Century. Many of these films are available for free download.

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A/V Geeks
Jun 10, 2018 North American Motion Pictures
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Introduces basics of art. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topic: art
A/V Geeks
Jun 10, 2018 Coronet
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Presents various types of infantile reactions--temper, weeping, inability to take a joke, etc. Reveals the basic reasons for continuance of emotional immaturity into adolescence. For high school, college, and adult groups. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topic: maturity
Educational Films
May 31, 2018 Crocus Productions
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A wordless mystery-adventure using clay animation that explores problem solving, communication, and friendship. The story is loosely based on an ancient East Indian (here described as 11th century Arabic) folktale of six blind men who come upon an elephant and attempt to describe it.  "Whazzat?" won the Grand Prix of the 1975 Third International Animation Film Festival in New York at Columbia University. Another print of this film can be viewed at this link (CLICK HERE).
Topics: Children's films, Fables, Children's films, claymation
Shaping San Francisco
May 24, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian ...
Topics: archives, memory, hypertext, links, nonlinearity, public libraries, public collections, diversity,...
Shaping San Francisco
May 22, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Abby Smith Rumsey, author of When We Are No More,  in conversation with Shaping San Francisco's LisaRuth Elliott, covering topics of memory, technology, archives, history, politics, and more.
Topics: archives, memory, libraries, books, technology, computers, Internet, websites, digital memory, oral...
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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More of our lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building self-managed platform cooperatives is taking shape. Yes, Virginia, there IS an alternative! The micro-rental economy masquerading as "sharing" is...
Topics: platforms, cooperatives, work, co-ops, producer coops, cooperation, ARPA, DARPA, Facebook, Google,...
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Louise Fields, whose father once owned a thriving bookshop on Polk Street, describes her memories of life in that part of town, in the bookstore, and various other moments in her life.
Topics: books, bookstore, Polk Street, Polk gulch, philosophy, Polk Gulch Fair, beatniks
Shaping San Francisco
May 7, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Energy Plan for the Western Man: Art after Capitalism Round table discussion with  Elizabeth Thomas (curator), Sylvie Denis (author), Keith Hennessy (artist), and Andrew Mount (artist), Praba Pilar (artist/educator) at Shaping San Francisco, Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics (518 Valencia St, SF) Part of the "Imagining Post-Capitalism" Festival. Each of the participant’s practice and individual work will be framed with an accent on the post-capitalist future. Largely...
Topics: Art, performance, improvisation, Joseph Beuys
Shaping San Francisco
May 7, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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The Blue Collar Green Water Art & Culture Collective , made up of workers of the Inlandboatmen's Union who work the Blue and Gold Ferry to Tiburon and Sausalito, provide an hour-long multimedia art experience on the water. In addition to stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, the evening included readings, a short video screening, slideshow and animated video presentation on San Francisco waterfront history, presented by San Francisco Bay maritime working...
Topics: art, work, IBU, ILWU, 20th century labor history, labor, ferries, San Francisco Bay, fiction,...
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Are There Marxist Robots?!? Kal Spelletich, robot-maker and long-time artist, professor, actor, and all around raconteur of machinic chaos and dissent combines with Chris Carlsson, a persistent critic of the Planetary Work Society, to confront our collective anxiety. As Nick Dyer-Witheford ably puts it: "Digital capital [is] making a planetary working class tasked with working itself out of job, toiling relentlessly to develop a system of robots and networks, networked robots and robot...
Topics: robots, robot labor, automation, cybernetics, computers, artificial intelligence, labor theory of...
A/V Geeks
Apr 28, 2018 Allegro
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This program profiles current scientific research into acid rain. The origins and effects, as well as possible solutions to the problem of acid rain are discussed. We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
Topic: acid rain
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 26, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept.  As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and classifying invisible work as work,...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, EPIC, Black Panthers 10-point Program, economic...
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 23, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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An interview \with Rene Yañez about his long and important role in bringing Frida Kahlo back to prominence, first in San Francisco and then nationally... 
Topics: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, art, popular art, SFMOMA, gallery, commercialization, commodification,...
Educational Films
Apr 13, 2018 Churchill Films
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The Man in the Yellow Hat catches little money George in the jungle and brings him back to Civilization, where his inquisitive nature constantly gets him into trouble. 
Topics: children's films, stop motion, animation, Curious George
Educational Films
Apr 13, 2018 Churchill Films
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True to his name, Curious George's curiosity leads him on another adventure when he swallows a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. George is taken to hospital by the Man in the Yellow Hat, who shows him that hospitals are not places to be afraid of.
Topics: children's films, animation, stop motion, Curious George
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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A Motion Picture History of the Korean War (AFIF 85) describes the Korean War from the U.S. perspective. The film begins with a brief overview of Korea’s geography and its capital city, Seoul ( 01:19 ), as it rebuilds following the war. While it is relatively quiet today, on 25 June 1950, artillery shots ( 03:05 ) mark an all-out attack on South Korea from the communist North, prompting U.S. President Harry Truman ( 03:40 ) to order U.S. forces to provide assistance to South Korea. At the...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen taxiing at :58 and then starting high speed taxi runs. At 5:00 , the Seamaster's retrieval dolly is seen being positioned. At 5:16 the cockpit area of the aircraft is seen indicating it is "Ship 9", but it is unclear what this means since only five...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At 5:17 you will see this incredible amphibian take off. After a brief flight it lands at 8:30 . It's unclear but it's possible this may have been the aircraft's maiden flight. At 11:00 the aircraft is brought on shore on a dolly. You can see how it would be mated with this device at 13:40 . The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was a 1950s strategic...
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This early 1940s black and white propaganda film of Soviet war footage, "Defenders of Moscow" opens with a shot of a downed German plane (:11). Men and women use sledge hammers and shovels to strengthen the Moscow defensive earthworks (:13-:43). With the men fighting, women make shells in an ammunition factory (:44- 1:30 ). They also make skis for the soldiers ( 1:32 - 2:03 ). Men in a munitions factory assemble the Tommy guns / machineguns and Kalashnikovs and AK-47s carried by ski...
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This "confidential" U.S. Navy training film gives an overview of the operation of the air-launched, acoustic homing torpedoes designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship use. The film discusses the difference between active and passive torpedoes, and goes on to describe the operation of the active type torpedoes. At 2:57 the passive Fido acoustic torpedo, also known as the Mine Mark 24, is shown. At 3:18 the Mark 27 Mod 0 acoustic torpedo is shown. USS Chivo (SS-341), a Balao-class...
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Discusses Operation Portrex, or "Puerto Rico Exercise", a Joint Airborne-Amphibious training exercise on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico on the eve of the Korean War. The exercise involved the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment (Aggressor Forces), mostly Hispanic soldiers, against the 82nd Airborne Div, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Liberating Forces). The successful military maneuvers during Protrex prompted the Army's leadership to deploy the 65th Infantry to Korea. Paratroopers jump...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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This historic U.S. Navy film from 1972 presents an overview of the responsibilities of a crash rescue crew in the event of an accident. The film begins with footage of Skyhawks landing at a base, and then at 1:55 an A-7 Corsair lands. The pilot begins having a conversation with the crash crew about A-7 rescue procedures, while his anxious girlfriend (who has a cute little British Triumph sports car) patiently waits for him to finish his lecture. The film goes on to describe various scenarios...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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This 1946 color travelogue film about North Carolina was presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company and is a John Bransby Production. Scenes of the Blue Ridge Parkway include three 1946 Dodge Deluxe cars (:45- 1:17 ). A 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible drives down the winding curves ( 1:18 - 2:43 ). An animated map is shown ( 2:44 - 3:29 ). A play is reenacted on Roanoke Island ( 3:30 - 4:40 ). Bath was the first permanent settlement ( 4:41 - 4:53 ). The University of North Carolina opened in...
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This is the U.S. Navy MN-3474b black and white 1945 PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING: BEFORE YOU FLY film. There is a ‘wrong way to do things’ pilot mixed in to prove the points. It opens with Boeing-Stearman biplanes or “yellow fighters” (:19-:53). A Chief Flight Instructor talks about proper parachutes to a group of pilots. An improperly packed parachute causes the bad pilot to be blown along the ground. (:59- 4:25 ). The propeller is dangerous ( 5:03 - 5:35 ). A roughly placed parachute can...
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This 1960s color film advocates the importance of how small airports serve the community. It is a Jack Robinette Production. It opens with a Piper Comanche landing and the control tower and controllers shown (:28-:45). Travelers leave their cars in the parking lot, carry suitcases into the terminal, and board a plane (:48- 1:14 ). Airports serve the community other than passengers. A large container of boxes is unloaded from a plane. Baby chicks are unboxed after shipping ( 1:15 - 1:50 ). The...
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“The Deep Frontier” is an episode in the CBS News series 21st Century from 1968, that surveys exploration of the ocean floor. It utilizes U.S. Navy footage throughout. The film opens with divers in the deep sea, before cutting to an interview with oceanographer Harris Stewart ( 01:51 ). The film discusses the technological advances in ocean exploration, enabling potential study of deep trenches and the bottom of the continental slope ( 03:39 ). Oceanographers use FLIP (Floating Instrument...
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Created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's fledgling "Research Council", SAFEGUARDING MILITARY INFORMATION was shown to U.S. troops in early 1942. It features a truncated notice at the head by Major Gen. Dawson Olmstead, who as Chief Signal Officer during the major portion of World War II presided over a momentous buildup of the Signal Corps. With as budget that grew from nine million...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper ( 01:46 ), home of Fort Caspar ( 01:06 ), and Cheyenne ( 01:15 ), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s color film is an Air France and TAI travelogue about Manureva and Tahiti. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Claude Pinoteau. While waiting at a red light in Los Angeles, a driver in a car turns on the knob for the AM radio. A two-toned Chevy Bel Air passes (:41-:53). Buildings shown are NBC KRCA Television Channel 4 and CBS Television City ( 1:22 - 1:26 ). A billboard advertises the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Ben-Hur” film ( 1:29...
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This silent film shows some of the events on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day aka V-E Day, in London. The film was shot by I. Weiss according to a credit, with additional photography by J.Y. Saunders and F.V. Swanson. The film starts at :28 with large crowds and then at :33 moves to Trafalgar Square, where a sign on Nelson's column says "Give Thanks by Saving" (:53). At 1:02 , soldiers shake hands and do a small dance, while at 1:16 women in uniform wave scarves. At 1:22 an Israeli...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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This early 1960s color travelogue film about hunting in French West Africa is part of the Air France “Flying Holidays” series and directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France Boeing B707 taxing (:53- 1:15 ). Two men get out of a 1957 Chevy Station Wagon at the hotel ( 1:16 - 1:20 ), where they enjoy a whiskey on the terrace ( 1:49 - 2:07 ). A river moves through gnarled trees before a long canoe of African rowers appears. Crocodiles slide into the water and an elephant is seen (...
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This 1960s color film has titles in French but is narrated in English. It focuses on the European stops served by Air France in the “Evasions (Escapes)” travelogues. In Nice, passengers emerge from the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle-III (F-BJTO). A bird’s-eye view of the beach line is shown, followed by a closer view of the well-organized deck with blue lawn chairs and blue and white umbrellas (:30- 1:13 ). Below, children play in the surf and sand ( 1:14 - 1:48 ). Palm trees and flowers...
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The color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 - 0:29 ). Credits ( 0:30...
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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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Shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this poorly shot 16mm silent home movie shows views from a visit to Guam and Iwo Jima made just after WWII around 1946-46. The film opens with shots at sea of Guam (very dirty). At 1:58 a car trip begins with shots from the moving vehicle, most of which are very jumpy. A Japanese type C class midget submarine with the serial number "Ha-51" is standing on display. It is now at the War in the Pacific visitors' center on Guam. The submarine ran aground...
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This 1960s color film about India is one of a series of Air France “Flying Holidays” travelogues directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France 707 in flight and a view in the cockpit ( 1:00 - 1:13 ). In Calcutta, a traffic officer directs cars as a trolley and double-decker bus pass ( 1:15 - 1:32 ). Chowringhee Street has (Queen) Victoria Memorial Hall ( 1:33 ). The Bay of Bengal serves large ships and small boats ( 1:51 - 2:03 ). The Howrah Bridge spans the Hooghly River ( 2:07 -...
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This 16mm color documentary, The Amazon…Life Along the River in Brazil, is an educational film that documents the typical life of those who live along the river. It was produced by Academy Films in 1962 as an instructional film.The documentary starts out showing a boat on the Amazon River, often called the River Sea ( 0:22 - 0:57 ). A map of the Amazon is shown with tributaries into the river from the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Main cities on the...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936 (:42- 4:13 ). Shown are newspaper headlines, King Edward VIII reviewing his troops, and a photo of Wallis Simpson. He is shown in one of his early appearances in full military regalia and parts of a speech are heard. The crowds hold anti-abdication posters. His...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Spectacular Scenes of Air Tragedy 1932 (:57- 2:49 ). May 11, 1932, live footage is shown of the USS Akron. Three sailors hang on as the airship updrafts. Two fall to their deaths on film and the third is rescued (not shown). [This airship kills 73 when it is destroyed in a thunderstorm April,...
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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Made by AT&T in the 1970s to explain the communications revolution and the role that fiber optics plays in it, LIGHTWAVE opens with a dramatization of Alexander Graham Bell's photophone test, which transmitted his voice via reflected sunlight beams - all the way back in 1880. The film then explores the technological developments over the years which led to lightwave communications trials in the 1970s. The film ends with a look into the future at the possible telecommunications benefits of...
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This black and white documentary film from 1949 was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, Inc., distributed by United World Films, Inc, directed by John Ferno, and photographed by filmmaker Richard Leacock. It follows the lives of a group of Arab nomads who live with their flocks and herds near the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert in French Morocco. The film opens with the rocky limestone portion of the Sahara and the men around the campfire in the morning (:27- 1:15 ). A man’s...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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This 1964 color film on Austria is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues and was produced by Film Services (London) Limited. The soundtrack has beautiful music. It opens with a long shot of a Pan Am Jet Clipper landing before the jet bridge arrives, the Captain opens the door, and passengers deplane at Vienna Airport (:09-:54). People exit a VW Standard Microbus at the Vienna Intercontinental Hotel; the women wear short white gloves and the men are in suits. (:55- 1:10 ). A double...
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This 1960 color film on Japan is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:21). It opens with shots of the head of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura (:22), Mount Fuji (:29), Himeji Castle (:34), and cherry trees in blossom (:38). A bird’s eye view of Tokyo is shown and the Pan American Jet Clipper taxis in ( 1:15 - 1:40 ). Western wear is the norm...
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This 1970 color film on Morocco and Kenya is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a J.T.E./Intercine Production in association with Film Services, London, Ltd. A Pan American Jetliner lands, the jet bridge is placed, and passengers disembark to awaiting trains to the older parts of Morocco (:59- 1:23 ). Mint tea is served, using metal and sterling silver containers ( 1:40 - 1:55 ). A Moroccan Fantasia performance involves horseback riders and rifles shot in unison ( 1:56 -...
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This silent film dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s and was used to promote travel on the P&O Orient Line of steamships with service to Asia. The film begins at ;11 with images of Kandy, Ceylon -- current day Sri Lanka. Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. At :25 the Temple of...
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This 1960 color film on Hong Kong when it was a British Colony and Singapore is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes, edited by F.D. Kay, and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). We see various quick shots of the countries (:51), followed by The New Horizons credits (:51- 1:40 ). People are hand-pulled in rickshaws who weave in and out of cars on the very colorful streets of Hong...
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This black and white documentary film, Lever-age, History of the Toothed Wheel, explains the principles of levers and gears. It was presented by Shell Oil Company, directed by Geoffrey Bell, and narrated by famous announcer Harlow Wilcox. The Shell logo used from 1948 to 1955 finishes the film. However, a description of the 1939 film by Bell called Transfer of Power and also sponsored by Shell Oil matches this film and so this may be a re-release. The film opens with a girl pumping water, a man...
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Presented by Rockwell as part of the B-1 Bomber flight test program, this film B-1 ON THE MOVE SUPERSONIC! shows the prototype B-1A aircraft tail #71-40158 and likely dates to around 1975. At this time the crew consisted of Charlie Bock and USAF Col. Ted Sternfall (sp?) flying out of Edwards Air Force Base. At 4:09 , an aerial refueling exercise with a KC-135 is shown. At 6:15 , a high speed run is made with the aircraft entering Mach 1.0 at 6:20 . The prototype B-1 four-turbofan strategic...
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This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town of Bisbee including the Copper Queen Hotel at :41. At 1:31 , the film appears to show the road to Douglas, Arizona with its gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20 . At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59 , the filmmaker takes a drive up into the hills of Bisbee to a scenic outlook, and shoots the...
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This 1960 color film about Australia and New Zealand is one of a series of Pan Am “New Horizons” travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:00-:50). A bird’s eye view is given of the Great Barrier Reef (:51- 2:23 ). Sydney is the largest and oldest city. The Harbour Bridge is a large single-span bridge ( 2:24 - 2:42 ). Heavy traffic and many pedestrians in late 1950s clothing are shown ( 2:43 -...
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans ( 1:00 - 1:25 ). A night security...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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Shaping San Francisco
Apr 11, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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During the national marches against the NRA and the accelerating madness of mass shootings, San Franciscans turned out in large numbers to join the protest. This is at the corner of 7th and Market as demonstrators walked by for 4 minutes, but the entire length of the march took more than 45 minutes to pass... estimates put the crowd between 35,000 and 80,000... count them here!
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. The film begins with footage of Yuri Gagarin (:29), the first man in space in 1961. At 1:05 , Gherman Stepanovich Titov is shown, the second Soviet cosmonaut. At 1:30 , American space hero John Glenn is seen with one of his Soviet counterparts. At 1:45 , Pavel Romanovich Popovich and Andriyan Nikolayev of Vostok 4 & 3...
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This promotional film for the Bofors SR-375 anti-submarine rocket system dates to the 1960s. The Swedish system was deployed with the Indian Navy in the 1970s. It is a forward throwing rocket launcher which is deployed using sonar. Anti-submarine mortars and rocket launchers are essentially artillery pieces deployed on ships for the purpose of sinking submarines by a direct hit with a small explosive charge. They are often larger versions of the mortar or rocket launchers used by infantry and...
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This 1960 color film on Thailand is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and is produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). It opens with a monk sitting on a rock overlooking the landscape below, followed by quick images of the Wat Pho Complex ( 1:00 - 1:18 ), a woman performing a traditional dance ( 1:19 ), and a kite dancing in the sky ( 1:30 ). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:30...
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This black and white film is sponsored by the Bell & Howell Company and was used by sales people to show interested customers. It introduces the Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 projector, an innovative 16-millimeter optical magnetic motion picture sound projector produced from 1952-1955 (:25-:37.) The projector used a thin magnetic stripe on the 16mm film to record and play back sound. This stripe could be added using a special striping machine that a person could buy, or at a Bell &...
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This late 1940s color film about France is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues as A Hartley Production. The film opens with a man in a beret talking on a 1940s telephone (:36- 1:24 ). He discusses the Pan American double-deck Clippers on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (introduced in 1947) and the lounge area is shown with a stewardess serving canapes ( 1:24 - 2:08 ), followed by the sleeping berths ( 2:25 - 2:30 ). In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue has jaywalkers picked...
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